Mention words like ' log home' in these environmentally aware times, and unfortunately the first thing likely to spring into the minds of many people is an image of lumberjacks clear-cutting entire forests and destroying habitats for many species. at a time in this planet's history when climate change, pollution, the destruction of the natural environment, soaring fuel costs are truely legitimate concerns, the thought of a home made from trees can understandably cause an initially panicked reaction.
That notion of log homes being anti- `green`, however, could not be farther from the truth.
Today's log homes are in fact among the most environmentally friendly residential choices available, good both for the planet and for the people who live in them. Log homes can help restore, renew and safeguard nature. The best-made log homes are manufactured with virtually zero waste. From every stage of their creation, from standing timber through construction to move-in, a responsibly built log home leaves one of the smallest carbon footprints of any residential choice.
Every log home has its start when the logs from which it is to be built are first cut. Some trees may be harvested strategically for log homes with the goal of optimizing the well being of trees left behind. done correctly, this can allow remaining trees more room to grow and more direct access to sunlight and rain.
Trees destined for log homes construction are then cut to length but what, you may wonder, becomes of the parts that are milled or trimmed away?
The worst quality logs are cut up for dunnage, the strips of wood that secure bundles of logs for shipping. Small trimmings will be split and used as fierwood. Wood shavings from the planer machines that make the tounge and groove cuts that fit logs together are sold for horse bedding. The bark sheld of the logs is used for to decorate and hold moisture in garden beds. Even the saw dust finds use as composting for environmentally friendly toilets or to soak up oil on shop floors.
Here in Wood Ridge we have gone one step further by replanting 2000 seedlings to compensate for the trees that were harvested for our homes.
Once a log home has beeen built, its valua as a green living choice becomes all the greater. especially when a log home is positioned on its site to take maximize direct sunlight during the colder months and to maximize shade during warmer months, logs are an ideal building material, absorbing heat effectively and releasing it slowly to reduce heating costs in Winter, keeping interiors well insulated against heat in the summer.
Built following proper construction, sealing and chinking procedures, log homes are also relatively airtight. This factor not only further reduces heating and cooling costs but also improves indoor air quality. the result is a far healthier interior environment.
In these fundamental ways , log homes are a sustainable resource that provide true benefits for the environment and for those that live in them.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Wood Ridge.